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they are not so. announcer: author and columnist james grant, sunday night on c-span. announcer: c-span's live in san antonio, texas where former housing and urban development tro isary julian cas announcing his running for president. live coverage of the road to the white house here on c-span.
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announcer: while we wait for this event in san antonio, we will show you some of this morning's washington journal. host: we talk with a correspondant. bill, as we get started, remind us of who julian castro is, how we got to this point in his life and career and what is he going to bring to the presidential field? caller: good morning. good to be with you.
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julian castro was a mayor of san 2009-2013.m he was chosen by the obama over atration to take large agency, the housing and urban development, 8500 employees, billion-dollar budget. he was elected to city council when he was 20. antonio, pride of san he and his twin brother were educated at stanford and harvard law school. they can back to their hometowns to make a difference and now he hoped to be in the clinton administration. that did not work out for him and now he is embarking on this journey, seeking the democratic nomination.
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host: he will make the announcement in texas today. one of the stories in your paper, with the byline says how julian castro prepared to announce his presidential run. what are you writing? i have traveled with him hampshireonths to new , to iowa a couple times. this week he was in iowa. groundwork. the he has been coy about his plans as are a lot of these democrats in this field that is now taking shape. today i am down here writing his announcement. we will see what he has to say. the people watching c-span can see him live. stage ate out on the
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11:15 and 11:30. host: tell us about what he has to say in the general sense. what with the message of julian castro be to the country, to the democratic voters? he wants to be president, why? guest: he will use the word opportunity a great deal. he will talk about his own life growing up mostly in the household of a single mother. grandmother came through as an orphan at age seven in the 1920's and how he who were sharp, students graduated from high , who wentthree years to stanford and did well.
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he will be talking about the need to provide opportunities for a lot of people. i believe immigration will certainly be an important issue. he told me yesterday he wanted to talk about housing in this sense a lotven his of people are struggling with rent, affordable housing is a big issue. that he feels is being neglected over the years. telling me you could go up for the presidential debate transcripts over the last three decades and perhaps not find a question or answer about the critical issue. host: moving forward, there is the message there will also be factors of money and
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organization. how do you expect julian castro to do in those areas? about that.ed him he is not going to take back money. is, as we saw from another texan who may announce himself one of these days, you can survive without pack money. it is seemingly a trend particularly among progressive oriented candidates. just before he announced, as i mentioned in that piece that you alluded to, he convened 20 potential funders in san antonio and he came away thinking he will have plenty of money not just from those campaign bundlers that also what he can raise on facebook, which is the
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new and preferred method of withng money as we saw president trump who seemingly changed the rules for campaigning for president. the correspondent for the san antonio express news, thank you for your time. appreciate it. guest: my pleasure. announcer: c-span, live in san antonio texas where former housing and urban development secretary julian castro is announcing he is running for president. this should be getting underway shortly. it is live coverage of the 2020 wrote to the white house here on c-span -- road to the white house here on c-span. ♪ tiger] the
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[no audible dialogue] while we wait for this event in san antonio, we will show you a look go ahead at
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congress next week. this is day 22 of the government shutdown, the longest in u.s. history. with us is cerro wire. the house plans to vote on legislation to fund and reopen parts of the federal government, also planning to debate a $12.1 billion disaster relief funding bill. why is the house democratic leadership bringing up that measure in the midst of their rebuttal -- they reopen push? guest: this is one thing that did not get accomplished last year. will the new appropriations chair needs a saying this? this legislation is the first dealt to helping americans back on their feet. it includes important funding against future disasters especially those being made more frequent by climate change. what are the sorts of things it will fund? guest: it is going to include
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things like flood mitigation. reliefing with disaster when it comes to hurricanes and fires, just have more preparation. host: your related story at l.a. times.com has this headline: california water projects could be shelved as trump seeks money for the border wall. tell us about this and what the president is trying to do. guest: these are projects that were funded by congress last year in the appropriations bill. the money -- moneys are not appropriated but it has not been spent yet. the white house is looking for places in the government where they can find and spend money like this to fund the president's while at the border. this would allow him to declare a national emergency and
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potentially end the government shutdown. host: in a normal year, how with these -- what would happen to these unused funds? guest: they would be contracted admitted back to government to be appropriated. host: there is push back from the puerto rican governor who tweeted: no justification should be considered to reclassify the money u.s. citizens will use to rebuild their communities. the conversation should be how we get resources to rebuild those impacted areas faster. what have you been hearing from the california delegation about the reported plan from the president? guest: they are against this. some of the projects being targeted in california are necessary. of floodplain lot in california comes down from the sierra nevada's and flows down towards central or southern california.
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the majority of californians get there whether from. there is a constant risk of major floods. sacramento is the second-most most likely city in the country to be flooded. host: there has been tamping down of reports of that plan. mark meadows, chairman of -- former chairman of the house supreme court says democrats continue to refuse to negotiate in good faith or appropriate money for border barriers. if they will not compromise, the president will use discretionary fees to start construction. if not, he should not declare a merchant -- he should declare a national emergency. it is time. is that the general sentiment from the republican side? forfeiture,dea that that seems to be popular.
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the idea of using disaster funding, whether it be to actually prepare after a disaster or present future disasters does not seem to be popular. i am getting bipartisan push back. host: the house democratic leaders spent days passing appropriations bills for the remainder of 2019. is there a compromise in sight? any thought the senate will take up measures that have been passed? guest: it does not seem likely. we are not hearing about negotiations happening. mitch mcconnell has said he is not going to bring a bill unless the president has signaled he is going to sign it. that is the height of a threshold to cost. host: cerro wire covers congress --sarah-- cerro wires
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wire covers congress for the l.a. times. announcer: c-span live in san antonio texas where former housing and urban development julian castro is expected to announce he is running for president. this event should be getting underway shortly. live coverage of the 2020 wrote to the white house -- road to the white house here on c-span. hello, hello, 1, 2, 3 test. [no audible ilog] -- dialogue] announcer: while we wait for this to begin, we will show you
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a portion of today's washington journal. host: today we feature an editorial director of the washington examiner and here is a look at the first national issue of the washington examiner magazine. who is right, what it needs to be conservative in the age of president trump? effort.us about this why this, why now? magazine atve had a the washington examiner for five years and it has come up several times as it has been a successful magazine, whether or not we should take it national up until the first of this january. the magazine has been distributed inside washington. it has been primarily for policy
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and political professionals. we have had inquiries from people outside washington who would like to see it. we decided now is the time. we tripled our readership online in the course of the last four years. there are people who see the washington examiner as a reliable window. we decided now is the time to go national and expand the range of things we cover. host: what can they expect to be reading? guest: in the middle of the magazine, we have something called the washington reefing, which is what we used to -- briefing, which is what we used to have as our whole magazine. it is about policy fights on capitol hill. we have added a life and arts section so we can write about the culture, that is to say entertainment and high culture. we added a section, which is a national addition about the social culture of the country. things that have been going on
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which are not strictly political, but people who are educated readers are interested in. host: the phone numbers are on the bottom of the screen. we will get to your calls in a couple minutes. our guest was an editor in chief at the hill and an editor at the daily telegraph of london and national post of canada. how is being a conservative publication changed in the trump era? guest: as far as we're concerned, it has stayed the same. you stick to the values you have. one of the things that has happened not just to some conservatives but also to opposition journalists, is they have become either for or against this president. he is a polarizing figure. he has characteristics which a lot of people dislike.
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it has distorted the way things are covered. what we decided to do is and i think this is one of the reasons the washington examiner has become influential -- is not to be deflected by aspects of personal taste and stick to the conservative values we have always had. so people do not know whether we are going to be critical or praise president trump on any issue. if people know what you are going to say, they do not bother listening. if they do not know, they are going to read to find out. host: what does it mean to be a conservative in this age of top? -- president trump? about conservativism is free enterprise, freedom of conscious, freedom of religion, all buttressed by american global leadership. that is what it has always been. the reason we had the symposium is people disagree. we had people who might be
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described as coming from the never trump camp, who say being a conservative these days is to .eel without a group they feel lost and embarrassed because of the president. there are those conservatives who wrote the publication who say to be a conservative is very much what president trump is trying to do. they had a fuel still -- hillsdale is one of the writers. he noticed during one of the debates president trump and the others were asked what conservativism was. he said conservativism is about conserving america, and other words making america great again. in hisrry arm was saying piece was president trump was right. america itself is in danger so the job of conservatives or
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motives should be about saving the country. that is something which several people in this podium disagree with. what does conservatism think about a government shutdown? -- as ando not think ideology conservatism or conservatives think a differently about the government -- any differently about the government shutdown than anybody else. it is not a good way of governing to have the government shutdown. have pointed out, there are things that do not get done that need to be done. i do not think anyone wishes the government to be closed. it has essential functions. there is an impasse over policy. we have had shutdowns many times before. now become the longest. i do not think conservatism has anything specific to point out about us that john -- about a
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shutdown. host: you wrote a letter to potential readers. what did you say? guest: i pointed out what was in the magazine. i am embarrassed of the specifics of the letter. we think there are people who are engaged in politics. they are not following the day-to-day twists and turns of political debate but they are interested and concerned about what is going on. that means about the way the social morals of the country are changing. who is resisting them? think is being done to the country by changes. host: we have a minute or two before we get calls lined up but we did want to touch more on conservative journalism, especially the weekly standard story. here is the headline, folks who do not recall the conservative
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outlet that criticizes trump is shutting down. what is your take? guest: i was not involved in the weekly standard. although it had the same owner as the washington examiner, it was not something i was involved in. i know it was a business decision. there has been nonsense suggesting it's closer had something to do with its criticism of trump. i do not think that had anything to do with it. directly about the weekly standard because the reason the owners decided to invest in the washington hadiner was because we tripled our readership in the course of four years. the weekly standard had been losing subscribers at a faster rate over the course of several years. it is not unusual for a business to make business decisions about
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investing in success. host: is conservative media to hard on the president? two soft? what is your take? guest: there are things said about the president of which i agree and there are some people who have become reflective opponents whether on the left or they are conservative. some criticisms are unfair. there is no doubt he is crude and graceless and brutal in his demeanor and rhetoric. there is no reason why people should not object to those things as they would with anybody else. host: on the phone, it looks like john from hot springs. go ahead. : the budget deficit in this conservative president is $1 trillion. how much the you reckon it would be under a liberal administration?
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guest: i am no budget or. hasously, the deficit increased substantially during this presidency. a trillion dollars earlier in the obama presidency it went below half $1 trillion. it fluctuates but i regard the deficit as a serious problem. -- country cannot please -- [please stand by] guest: the deficit under a
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liberal president, i could not tell you. host: do you have faith if president trump serves six more years, congress can do anything about this debt? guest: i do not think this president or congress in general will do anything about it. this is why i regarded as a serious problem. it has been a long time. i was a financial reporter in the late 80's and early 90's. we were writing about the deficit then and speaker ryan, who has just left congress has been talking about this as a train wreck and one of the most addicted and predictable train x --wrecks there has ever been. host: jason is on the line. good morning. caller: good morning. how are you? guest: i am well. caller: i have a question concerning the national debt. i am a volunteer for volunteers of america.
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work fory colleagues local newspapers. we were wondering why mr. trump is spending so much money towards the wall and trying to get the congress to settle on interior to. he is much in say spending so the wall i think that's what you said. i would dispute that. alien asked for 5.6 dollars currently. said to say just a rounding error. a trillion dollar federal so 5.6 billionar dollars is a tiny amount marginally speaking. i would not say he was spending a great deal on the wall.
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there is a lot of maintenance that needs to be done in the world. it is clear that serious , ariers have been installed reduction by 90% in the number of aliens crossing the border. it is his belief and the believe of a lot of republicans and democrats to that a strong border barrier is a good idea. government'se shutdown is shut down his a lot of people disagree with that also. what about the opinion on declaring at national emergency to get his law #guest: it might be president for a president to declare an emergency.
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congress has seated a lot of its authority over the code -- over members ofof a, congress don't like to make difficult decisions. morehave allowed more and authority to leak away to the other parts of government. it is not a good way of government. i believe there is something like 30 national scheduled emergencies in operation. it in the current presidency. emergencies are not particularly unusual. sunday we willon have the segment explaining what national emergencies are and how they are to where you there are a few dozen active emergencies.
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harold from westwood new jersey. good morning. guest: good wine. i am 95-year-old veteran of world war ii. up the end of that we did not have fake news. .e did not have the hate it was the opposite. , we need people that support the constitution. we need the supreme court to change from making law to -- the supreme court has not done it for a long time since franklin roosevelt wanted to put 15 people on the supreme court. he was not successful. -- we cannot force them to do anything except take their money away. we should take their money away until they begin to support the constitution.
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i don't agree with that, i would not take the money away from the supreme court but i would agree with you that the supreme court has on many invented the law, written the law and acted as a tenured rogue legislature. the classic case was roe v. wade. what we are watching now is a president who in the case of the two nominees that he has put through the court, neil gorgeous -- neil gorsuch and brett kavanaugh, they basically decisions on the text of the constitution and they don't believe as i think a lot of people on the other people on
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the other side of the spectrum believe that the meaning of the law changes over the course of time. my own view is that if there is one thing you should say about the law is that it means the same thing to everybody it does not change its meaning. , who is a is a tweet true conservative out there right now? guest: i am. i know lots of true conservatives. the fact that i may disagree with some of them doesn't mean they are not sure conservatives. ofre are scores of millions true conservatives across the country. there are as big a number as the true liberals across the country. are plenty of true conservatives in both chambers of congress and plenty of true conservatives in the media and
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punditry. i will not name names. host: is president trump a conservative? guest: it's not when it comes to government spending. medicare social security would not be touched. i think those two are really important contributors, dangerously important contributors to the increasing this spiral of federal debt. they need reform, but he promised not to touch them. to that extent he is not a conservative. he is a conservative in appointment of judges to the supreme court, in the deregulation of the economy. for every new regulation to would be eliminated. 2017, theourse of
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federal government was eliminating something like 20 regulations for everyone that was introduced. that is a strongly conservative policy and i think that the reduction in the cuts in taxes was conservative and has increase the federal debt. i think that is about spending. the -- especially the reduction in business taxes to make american businesses no longer about most highly taxed businesses in the entire world is very important. that's one of the reasons why economic growth rates now is approximately double than it was under president obama. guest: good morning and thanks for answering my call.
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theeference to boosting economy that began with the obama administration. everything trump is doing is really anti-conservatism. he is doing his job in reference to the fact that he's doing exactly what putin instructed him to do. made a statement about justifying why russia invaded afghans dan -- afghanistan. the fiasco is this administration. i am a 73-year-old veteran. if you remember that there was a , he capdavid something ,aying there is no evidence then they came out with the tapes and they voted to impeach him. this guy is a con man. orerson has to be stupid
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blinded by prejudice or ignorance i don't understand it. host: thanks. i disagree with the caller. the investigation of the alleged or perhaps assumed collusion between president trumps team in the election and russia is being investigated. it will continue and there will be findings in a report from robert mueller. who knows, there may be something there, which will shock everybody and condemn the president. the longer it goes on, without the evidence coming out for one suspectse more
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that there will not be any. host: how would you describe the examiners relationship with the white house? we have a good relationship. we have been able to interview the president three or four since he entered the presidential race and two or three times since he became president. .ur relationship is strong it is the kind of relationship that you would want as a journalist, you want the access which we have, one of the things we are pleased about is when we , we were onceical critical of some policies that were put in place by mick mulvaney. as soon as the criticism came and mulvaney called us
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wanted to set up an interview. they mind what we say and read what we say. they know we are an important voice. host: we touched on the weekly standard going out of business. wants to knowwers if you have a replacement. when the existed standard was around. -- washington examiner sure has been publishing. havepe that lots of people enjoyed the weekly standard and will enjoy the washington examiner. it's a very different magazine. .t is different in its content weould say that we are -- are not just a magazine. political newsy and ideas.
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a substantial straight new section in the middle of the magazine. host: here is another tweet. i enjoy the conservative voices, it's unfortunate that those voices have been muffled by those with agendas. guest: i'm not really sure what she's referring to. voices haveink any been muffled. unprecedented voluble and free market of ideas. made it veryhas easy for people to express their views. there's an odd phenomenon under this president that people talk of views. silencing
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i don't think anybody has been silenced. host: jane in baltimore on the democratic line. you make it sound like --ng illegal is something being a conservative is ideal. democratho is as a they should be stoned to death are dropouts making $14 million a year. do some research -- be the abortions.es -- no
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[inaudible] there is a lot in there. you made one point which i think is very important. -- he saidat something about liberals and with the idea that some liberals .r conservatives are evil we do live in an environment which is troubling when it comes to political and ideological disagreement. by socialcelerated
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media, etc.. that is the idea that you either have to be a complete tool or evil -- complete full or evil to agree with me. well-informed for people of goodwill to disagree with each other. that is being lost in the political environment. it's thought that somehow or other you are morally or intellectually failing. point might the media helped to drive that? guest: enormously. like our own and many others there are considered thoughtful, temperate views varying widely. journalists as much or more than anybody else are on twitter engaged in the battle.
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wes one of the things that at the examiner tried hard to do. journalists,ce the don't just get down in the mine and fight each other. the value of the publication is that it is thoughtful and it is knowledgeable and wants to present itself as an expert on any given area and wants to present itself as temperate and a thoughtful voice. perhaps the circulation prevents -- where it is more about stirring up passions. i want to thank your
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forthrighty for his and he is trying to tell the truth of what is going on. anymorethe journalists pervert the truth of this mary --n is nice and very thought. a question for our guest? caller: i don't have a question, i want to thank him. one of a true persons of the media. the media anymore pervert's the truth and in that way we don't get the side. -- the other side. guest: i would like to think the caller. she points to something which i and reportersors
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a lot more we are discussing how things should be done. if we are in any business we are in the truth business. if we are not telling the truth, we are not doing our jobs. ?hat is the point i used to work in london at the at the financial times and people used to say our readers have too much money invested. the truth is that everybody needs to hear the truth. we are in the truth business. not we are just letting people down. guest: good morning. libertarian.y a my question is this. during the campaign, the weekly standard came across with a very eddemning up bed -- op
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against mr. tromp saying he was basically a new york liberal. his romney who always touts conservatism also had one in the washington post, undercutting the president. people that have claimed conservatism they came up with part d medicare, they have never seen a war they don't like. haswe have a president who tried to do what he said he was going to do. people are quote supporttive and not in of this president. it is very disturbing but not surprising.
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many people who say they are therevative are basically is not to much difference between republicans and democrats. those differences need to be sharpened. hear comments i want to what he says about that idea. that thered say is is such a wide range of ideological positions in this country. those peopleivide up into democrats and into liberalse into liberals and conservatives you are creating very big tents. there is disagreement between those two cap's. there are those in the thoughttive camp who
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the iraq war was a bad thing and others who thought it was necessary. there are people in the -- i'm surearty there are a lot of people in the democratic party who do not rate that the marginal tax for the highest income should be 70%, which is what is being socialists inthe the party. there are others that disagree. i don't think that one should refer to so called liberals or conservatives, those are big camps. the administration is to you -- supposed to lead and govern. host: from new york. caller:

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